RuleStream Helps Unex Manufacturing Respond To Custom Product Orders Faster

WAKEFIELD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 27, 2005— RuleStream Corporation, provider of rules-driven product management (RPM) solutions to the discrete manufacturing industries, today announced that carton flow leader Unex Manufacturing, Inc. is using RuleStream to reduce their custom order quotation process from hours or sometimes days to minutes. Unex uses RuleStream solutions to accelerate its response to custom orders while increasing the precision and detail in the quotations it produces. Unex Manufacturing produces custom conveyors and workflow stations for a number of industries, including the grocery, liquor, automotive and book distribution marketplaces.

RuleStream's solution is helping Unex manage the explosive growth of its new innovative FlowCell offering by enabling FlowCell engineers to cope with the increased demand on their services. Looking to reduce pressure on its engineering and sales departments, while at the same time maintaining costs and headcount, Unex turned to RuleStream through reseller DesignPoint Solutions to help maximize efficiency and keep costs low.

By implementing RuleStream's technology, Unex has been to be able to take their quotation process--including engineering design, generation of detailed engineering drawings and Bills of Materials--that used to take several hours or even several days and reduce it to just five or ten minutes, without hiring extra staff to accomplish the task.

"Unex needed a solution that was easy-to-use and would require less engineering time to respond to custom order requests and generate CAD designs based on those orders," said John Cioffi, president of DesignPoint Solutions, Inc. "RuleStream has helped Unex streamline its order processing and fulfillment functions, allowing its engineers and designers to become more proactive and effective."

"It really made a lot of sense for us to look for a solution that automates the product design and quote process," said Howard McIlvaine, engineering manager, Unex Manufacturing, Inc. "RuleStream is helping us better manage our costs and improve our efficiency. That's a powerful combination for us."

"Managing growth can be a huge challenge in a customer service-focused environment," said RuleStream Chief Executive Officer Robert Nierman. "RuleStream helps manufacturers like Unex scale very quickly, keeping sales, engineering, manufacturing and delivery levels consistent, even when demand for custom orders skyrockets."

About Unex

Unex Manufacturing, Inc., located in Jackson, New Jersey, is a major manufacturer of carton flow products, including Span-Track, the original "shelfless" full- width carton flow track. With its ease of installation in ANY pallet rack, its superior flow, and its rugged design, Span-Track is "Setting the Standard in Carton Flow." For more information visit

About DesignPoint

DesignPoint Solutions, Inc., is a leading provider of design, engineering and manufacturing solutions, including RuleStream, SolidWorks, COSMOSWorks, and SolidCAM. Recognized in 2004 as the fastest growing provider of SolidWorks in the Mid-Atlantic region, DesignPoint attributes their success to one, simple principle: develop a complete understanding of the needs of its customers, and help them select and implement solutions to reduce their time to market, cut costs, and increase sales. DesignPoint brings people and technology together to improve the efficiency of the entire design-to-manufacture process - Profit Improvement by Design. For more information, please visit

About RuleStream

RuleStream, the leader in Rules-driven Product Management (RPM), allows discrete manufacturers to respond to customer-specific product requirements more rapidly, accurately and efficiently. RuleStream's patent-pending software technology aggregates and manages Intellectual Property (IP) assets to automate complex decisions for all product-centric business operations. These include quote-to- cash/build-to-order processes, as well as variant design, new product development and contract engineering.

RuleStream helps engineer-to-order firms increase their sales win rate, shorten lead times, and achieve better margins and higher customer satisfaction. RuleStream's RPM technology also improves new product development processes, enabling higher productivity, faster design cycles, fewer errors and better quality.

RuleStream ensures that business decisions incorporate the most up-to-date product-based intellectual property, employing a breakthrough user environment that allows subject matter experts to easily capture rules about requirements, best practices, and capabilities for engineering, manufacturing and sales.

RuleStream customers include business leaders like General Electric and The Babcock & Wilcox Company. RuleStream's customers also include innovators like Fresno Valves & Castings, Interior Concepts, Lytron, CampbellRhea, S.A. Armstrong and other mid-sized companies in a broad range of industries. For more information visit

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